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Known as HEART ART, the fundraiser will bring large, beautiful heart sculptures to public spaces throughout the area. The sculptures are designed by 16 local artists, known as HEARTISTS, who donated their time and talent to help raise support for Community Housing & Resources.
“We’re excited to host this fundraiser to drive our affordable housing work while honoring the thing that makes our communities special: our collective heart to make a difference,” said Nicole McHale, CHR Executive Director.
HEART ART is the latest in CHR’s public art projects that have delighted residents and visitors for the past several years. Each heart sculpture is about four feet high and 3½ feet wide. They will be on display at businesses and other locations throughout the area from mid-November until February 2024.
Among the featured artists is Kym Mason, an interior designer at Island Interiors of Sanibel. A 19-year resident, her “Birds of a Feather” sculpture celebrates the spirit and perseverance of the community.
“I love the islands and have lent my time and talents to many local charities and community causes during my years here,” Mason said. “The beauty Sanibel and Captiva have been my muse for years. Now the community spirit and perseverance of the people of Sanibel and Captiva are my inspiration.”
On Feb. 3, CHR will host the Give Your Heart To CHR Gallery Gala at the Sanibel Community House. Mason’s sculpture along with the others will be up for auction, with attendees bidding on their favorites. Tickets to the Gala are available online at sancapchr.org.
McHale said CHR is deeply indebted to the local HEARTISTS who shared their talents for this fundraiser: Anna Hicks, Arlene Stigum, Cheryl Logan, Eric Riemenschneider, Erica Sharp, Ginny Dickinson, Kristina Jackson, JP Almonacid, Kym Mason, Lacy McClary, Mary Klunk, Rachel Pierce, Rena Martinson, Taryn Manning, Toni Westland and Whitney Hackett.